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Michael Liu and Kim Geron

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Changing Neighborhood: Ethnic Enclaves and the Struggle for Social Justice

One of the legacies of the Asian American experience in the U.S. is the formation of distinctive ethnic neighborhoods. The Chinese formed Chinatowns to defend themselves against racial violence and legal discrimination throughout the West. For similar reasons, Japanese and Filipinos created their own ethnic enclaves. These communities also became the sites for resistance and the struggle for social justice. The authors discuss the resistance of Asian Americans to the perceived destruction of their historical communities, and the influence of ethnic enclaves on Asian American movements for social justice.

ethnic enclaves, social justice, Asian-American movements

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 35, No. 2 (2008-09): 18-35